The LA Angels have already lost one major piece in their bullpen in Andrew Bailey, who had started the 2017 season well with two wins & a perfect ERA. Now they found out closer Huston Street will be out for at least 6 more weeks.
The LA Angels have transferred Huston Street from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-Day disabled list, which means the earliest he can return to the majors in June 1st. The move was made for two reasons: Street has had some tightness in his shoulder so his timetable to return to the Angels has been slowed. Secondly the Angels needed to open a spot on the 40-man roster for reliever Parker Bridwell who was acquired yesterday from Baltimore.
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Street had recently begun a throwing program, but felt some soreness in his shoulder and has been diagnosed with shoulder impringement. Street was already on the DL for a right lat strain. This is another blow to the Angels bullpen who lost Andrew Bailey last week to shoulder soreness. So now two-thirds of the Angels closers are now on the DL.
Bailey’s timetable for returning is unknown as he has not started throwing again after going on the DL. While Street has started throwing, his latest injury was enough for the Angels to decide to push Street’s timetable back at least another month.
Last year Street had an injury-plagued season which saw him have two stints on the DL, the second one knocking Street out the rest of the season. Street finished the year with a 6.45 ERA with a 3-2 record and nine saves, pitching in only 26 games.
With this being the last year in Street’s contract and more importantly Cam Bedrosian‘s progress as a closure, you may have seen the last of Street as a closer for the Angels.
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Hopefully both Street and Bailey get back soon and form a stronger bullpen for the rest of the season. With the Angels acquiring Bridwell to help the Angels bullpen depth and adding him to the 40-man roster makes him available right away. For now though he was assigned to the Angels new Double-A club the Mobile Bay Bears.
The Angels also reacquired Juan Graterol from the Toronto Blue Jays. Graterol, who saw limited time with the Angels as a back-up catcher in 2016 playing in nine games and provides catching depth for the Angels minor league system.